Category: eBulletins

Ratifying the Tentative Agreement: What You Need to Know

Now that the Executive Committee has approved the Tentative Agreement between TAUP and Temple, it needs to be ratified by our membership to take effect.   The ratification vote will take place electronically between September 25th and 29th.

 

As our Constitution and Bylaws set forth, the following groups are eligible to vote:

1)      All dues-paying full-time faculty, librarians, and academic professionals.

2)     All adjuncts who have signed a membership card AND who have taught at least one semester since Spring 2017, including this semester.  In other words, adjuncts who have signed cards and are teaching this term OR who taught Summer 17 OR Spring 17.

By September 13th, we will be sending emails to those eligible to vote, confirming their eleigiblity.  (If we have a non-Temple email, we will be using that one.)   If you believe you are eligible to vote but do not receive an email by this date, please let TAUP know (taupaft@gmail.com).  

We will also be reaching out over email and over the phone to our members in order to inform them of the details of this agreement and to listen to their questions and concerns.  We have compiled a FAQ for adjuncts, informed in part by questions they have already asked us.

 We will be holding Town Halls for members and non-members to answer any questions you have about the Tentative Agreement:

–T 9/12 11:30-1:30     Anderson 821 (Women’s Studies Lounge)

–W 9/13 12:00-2:00   Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

–R 9/14  11:30-1:30    Weigley Room, Gladfelter 914

–F 9/15  12:00-2:00    Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

 

 

–M 9/18 3:00-5:00      Anderson 005

–T 9/19 2:30-4:30        Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

–W 9/20 8:30-10:30   Weigley Room, Gladfelter 914

–R 9/21 4:30-6:30        Paley Library Lecture Hall, 021 (Ground Floor)

 

 

We have chosen these times to reach as broad a group as we can, and we hope to see you there.  Please contact TAUP with any questions at taupaft@gmail.com.

 

Steve Newman, ​President

Jennie Shanker, Vice President 

Norma Corrales-Martin, Treasurer

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Celebrating Academic Labor: Students Honor Faculty at Graduation

Temple’s Founder’s Garden honors many of the great educators who have served as faculty through the years. But with so few names carved in its stone walls, TAUP decided to ask graduating students about teachers who have made a difference for them.

By writing names and messages on “pavers”, they created a path that included the names of faculty members who helped them in pursuing a path of their own.

Here are the 350 educators honored by students who stopped by our table on the day of their graduation

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Tracy Agosterola
Dr. Ainsworth
Joe Alkus
Robin Renee Allbritton
Sam Allingham
Elizabeth Alvarez
Dr. Anderson
Maggie Anderson
Rodrigo Andrade
Craig Atwater
Max Avener
Shahin Azadi
Travis B
Colleen Bache
Bryan Bain
Prof. Barber
Sarah Bass
Warren Bass
Jillian Bauer
Gianfranco Bellipanni
Jami Benton
Dr. Berman
Kate Bex
Prof. Bieneman
Dr. Blackburn
Dr. Blaire
Misty Blessley
Jim Bloxton
Nate Buonviri
Aryeh Botwinick
Nancy Boykin
Prof. Brewster
Matthew Brunner
Jennie Burd
Lois Anne Butcher
Dr. Buynevich
Paul Bryan
Amina Camara Johnson
Amy Caples
Dwight Carey
Lee Carson
Steven Casper
Dr. Casper
Brian Cassidy
Prof. Chang
Isabelle Chang
Pallavi Chitturi
Kara Cochran
Prof. Connor
Mary Conran
Bill Cook
Norma Corrales-Martin
Lindsay Craig
Dr. Crawford
Brian Creech
Sheri Hope Culver
George Cummings
Alicia Cunningham-Bryant
Judith Curlee
Beth Curran
Rob D’Amico
Christine David
Dr. Davis
Franklin Davis
Kathleen Davis
Prof. DeAngelis
Don Deeley
Melissa DeGeselle
Jordan Denson
Abbe Depretis
Dr. Deutsch
John DiCarlo
Dr. Dickey
Prof. Dimeo
Donna Dogherty
Ann Dollof
Dr Dong
Dossar
Mart Doyle
Dr. Dredden
RB Drennan
Fred Duer
Jos Duncan
Zbigniew Dziembowski
Jeffery Ebbesen
Thomas Edwards
Dr. Eizen
David Endicott
Philipp English
Seher Erdogan
Clipper Erickson
Leann Erikson
Prof. Esther
Mohsen Fardmanesh
Dr. Ferrar
Prof. Fitzpatrick
Judy Flaxman
Cathy Flite
Prof. Foley
Dr. Foster
Dan Friedlander
Sarah Fry
Yukari Fujiwara
Prof. Garelick
Karin Garg
Dr. Gawlinski
Jane Gee
Deana Geddes
Caitlin Gillespie
Prof. Glennon
Paul Gluck
Petra Goedde
Cindy Gorch
Douglas Greenfield
Dr. Greenfield
Crystal Gregory
Joseph Guiffre
Dr Guillotin
Alexandra Guisinger
Terry Halbert
Espen Hammer
Bruce Hardy
Dr. Hargraves
Matt Harrington
Carissa Harris
Prof. Harvey
Dr. Hattikudur
Prof. Haviland
Dr. Haviland
Julie Herskovitz
Mohammed Hassan
Dr Hersch
Meredith Higg
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Art Hochner
Brooke Hoffman
Marilyn Holsing
Dr. Hsieh
Prof. Hsueh
Prof. Hubbel
Prof. Huehnergarth
Rosie Husely
Dr Indik
David Ingram
Lynne Innerst
Martin Irons
Shahin Izadi
Jaz Jackson
Dr. Jackson
Tomas Jacobson
Robert Jaffe
Peter Jaroff
Dr. Jason
Christopher Johnson
Dave Jones
Dr. Jordan
Darin Kapanjie
Satyajit Karnik
Melissa Kim
Prof. Kavnik
Josh Klugman
Dr. Kolodny
Prof Krupa
Dr. Kumi
Scott Laserow
Vanessa Lawrence
Anne Layman-Horn
Gregory Laynor
Betsy Lebron-Tuttlemen
Dr. Lee
Michael Leeds
Prof. Leeds
Prof. Lee
Dr. Leib
Mark Leutcher
Judith Levine
Prof. Libird
Richard Libowitz
C.L. Lin
Prof. Lin
Mylina Lincoln-Andrew
Peter Logan
Andrea Lopez
Maria Lopez
Andrea Lopez
Maria Lorenz
Hilary Lowe
Rebeca Lufi
Kyle Mahoney
Dede Maitre
Munir Mandiviwalla
Marina Mandrikova
Ilana Margolis
Dr. Manignore
Wende Marshall
Dr. Math
Bill Mayo
Prof McBride
Michael McCloskey
Michael McColl
Patricia Melzer
Tony Messina
Prof. Meyers
Dr. Miller
George Miller
Nichole Miller
Stan Mir
Neha Mittal
Eva Monheim
Prof. Montague
Blaire Montaigne
Chris Moore
Dr. Morrin
Nancy Morris
Keith Morrison
Nancy Morrison
Dr. Moser
Geoffrey Moss
Prof. Murphy
Michael Neff
Kate Nelson
Kurt Nelson
Dr. Newman
Bernie Newman
Steve Newman
Cory Ng
David Nickerson
Dr. Nicholaon
Rhonda Nicholson
Ruth Ochia
Karyn Olivier
Richard Orodenker
Eric Oskey
Ruth Ost
Bora Ozkan
Randal Pabich
Karen Palter
Dr. Palumbo
Elizabeth Parker
David Parry
Mohit Patel
Prof. Patterson
Elizabeth Pearson Sunflower
Vallorie J. Peridier
Jennifer Politt
Pollack
Mark Pollack
Dr. Postigo
Eran Preis
Olia Prokopenko
Bruce Rader
Sujth Ravi
Dr. Ren
Jeffrey Renye
Christen Rexing
Terry Rey
Alison Reynolds
Nora Reynolds
Howard Rice
Michael Rivera
Dr. Rockwell
Norman Roessler
Rayce Rollins
Dr. Roman
Anthony Romero
Thomas Rooney
Marta Rose
Ira Rosen
Andrew Rosen
Dr. Rosenthal
Hope Rovelto
Chris Roy
Cheldin Rumer
Dr. Sachs
Dr. Santiago
Amy Sauber
Scarpule
Michelle Scarpulla
Ephraim Schafli
David Schuff
Jon Scott
Matt Sepielli
Jeremy Shafer
Ashley Shaffer
Jennie Shanker
Pamela Shapiro
Adrienne Shaw
Dr. Sheffield
Prof. Sheridan
Mark Shetabi
Richard Shore
Lori Shorr
Robert Shuman
Samantha Simpson
Jeromy Sivek
Aaron Smith
Cathleen S. Soundy
John Soss
Eileen Spagnola
Laura Spagnoli
Dr. Spence
Prof. Stainds
Larry Stains
Mary Stec
Ellarose Steinberg
George Sterling
John Street
Mary Stricker
Judith Stull
Benjamin Talton
Canan Tanir
Dr. Thurman
Prof. Titania
Karen Turner
Prof. Vacker
Barry Vacker
Dr. Valentine
Prof. Van Cleve
Rani Vasudeva
Krupa Viswanathan
Kathleen Voss
Row Walters
Dr. Waxler
Kristine Weatherston
Prof. Webb
Ellen Weber
Dr. Weitz
Sarah Wengryniuk
Gabe Wettach
Bob Whitaker
Ross Whiting
Storm Wilkins
Cheryl Williams
Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon
Shannon Wink
Christian Wurst
Ralph Young
Laura Zaylea
Rebekah Zhuraw
Zuckerman
Zupan
MIS Dept
TU Staff faculty and peers
Classics Profs.
Priscilla and the Kinesiology advisors
Peter, Maggie, Amina, Brandon TFMA
Marina M.
Deborah S.
Travis B.
Danielle
Peggy T

A Tentative Agreement/First Contract for Adjuncts

After 15 months of negotiations, Temple’s Administration and TAUP have reached a Tentative Agreement for a first contract for adjunct faculty, expiring in October, 2019.  Approved by TAUP’s Executive Committee, it will now go to our members for ratification.  The date for the ratification vote will be set soon, and we will shortly be sending out procedures for ratification.

Three important points about this agreement:  1) adjuncts have won significant raises and protections; 2)a one-year extension of the full-time faculty contract means in Academic Year 2018-19 there is a provision for the same raise as in 2017-18 with no other changes to the contract; 3) going forward, TAUP will bargain as a united union, part-time and full-time.

Some key details are listed below.  First, it is important to explain why we have agreed to a two-year contract for adjuncts with a one-year extension of the current full-time contract.  This was the result of the Administration’s pushing for a three-year adjunct deal and treating it essentially as a separate contract.  This runs counter to the rightful finding of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board that we are ONE union and would also weaken us at the bargaining table by forcing us to negotiate at separate times, undercutting our solidarity.  Also, after over a year of negotiations, the Administration understandably did not want to bargain over adjunct conditions again in the coming Spring along with the full-time contract.   A two-year adjunct contract with a one-year extension for the full-time faculty  was the best way to resolve this conflict.  It means that our entire unit will be able to bargain together in 2019 and act together more effectively.

The contract offers substantial gains for ALL our members and puts TAUP in a stronger position as we look ahead.   Although this contract, like all contracts, does not include everything we hoped for, it lays the foundation for a future where we can make those gains. And it immediately establishes gains for ALL our members once ratified.  (To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Bargaining Unit as an adjunct, please see Article 2 of the Tentative Agreement.)

  • Adjunct salaries:
    • In Academic Year 2017-18, the minimum salary for adjuncts increases from $1300 to $1425 per credit hour.
    • In Academic Year 2018-19, the minimum increases from $1425 to $1500 per credit hour. Taking these two increases together, this is a raise of 15.4% over the current minimum that will take effect at the beginning of AY 2018-19, less than a year from now.. It is also the first time we know of that adjuncts across the university have ever received raises two years in a row.
    • According to our rough estimates, over 70% of adjuncts would receive a raise in the minimum the first year and 80% cumulatively over both years.
    • Those earning between $1425 and $1500 get a $150 one-time payment the first time they teach during 2017-18.
  • Full-time salaries and benefits:
    • Full-time members of the bargaining unit will receive the same raise on 7/1/18 as on 7/1/17, which was the largest in the 2014-18 contract: 1.625% across-the-board, and 1.25-1.75% merit.
    • This extension  means that full-time members will not immediately face the pressure of higher health insurance premiums and co-pays.   Since we signed our last contract in 2014, all other unions who have signed contracts and employees not covered by collective bargaining have seen increases in premiums and co-pays.
    • Given that Temple does not know what its state appropriation for this year will be, locking in this raise and our current health care costs and benefits is, we believe, a wise choice.
  • Other gains for adjuncts:
    • A joint committee will be established to explore increasing Job Security for adjuncts. Within a year of forming, the committee is required to report to the Administration and TAUP, who are required to respond within two months of receiving the report.
    • The Health Insurance subsidy currently offered to adjuncts is now in the contract and thus not subject to unilateral administrative change, and the terms of eligibility are expanded so more adjuncts will qualify.
    • Adjuncts will now be protected by procedures on Grievance, Arbitration, and Discipline/Dismissal. The arbitration procedure turns to impartial, independent arbitrators to settle disputes.
    • Each adjunct will have an official Personnel File in the department or college that will include standard information. Union membership information will not be part of the file.  Adjuncts will be informed when material is added to their personnel file, and they get a chance to include a rebuttal of any negative information placed in it.
    • Protections for adjuncts’ Academic Freedom are written into the contract.
    • Joint committees are established to investigate Affirmative Action, Promotion, and Office Space.
    • Adjunct faculty whose classes are cancelled within one week prior to the start of classes or during Add-Drop will receive 4% of the salary they would have received as compensation.

The agreement is now posted on the TAUP website.  Over the next few days, we will be sending out further eBulletins on this Tentative Agreement, and we look forward to communicating with you in the days and weeks ahead.

 

Steve Newman, President

Jennie Shanker, Vice President

Norma Corrales-Martin, Treasurer

Art Hochner, Chief Negotiator

On behalf of the Negotiating Team and the Executive Committee